Sligo comeback falls short against powerful Creggs
It was a table topping match for the Sligo U-16s when Creggs came to visit Hamilton Park on Sunday.
Creggs, last season's Connacht league winners and runner-up in the Cup, are a strong side that so far this season have not lost a single match.
From the start, the match was dominated by a very physical Creggs side that carried the ball well through their forwards.
Sligo managed to match their opponents for the first 20 minutes although most of the play was in the Sligo half.
Creggs piled on the pressure and two bad defensive mistakes by Sligo cost the home side dearly as both resulted in tries by the visitors. Neither try was converted, but Sligo found themselves 10-0 down.
Creggs got a further converted try before half-time and although Sligo should have scored themselves when they were camping on the Creggs five metre linem all efforts came to nothing and the first half ended with Creggs 17 points ahead.
The second half started better for Sligo who were now playing with the wind and a couple of innovative kicks from Cormac Murray playing at 10 put the home side in the Creggs 22.
Forwards Noel Muldoon and Vincent Reynolds rucked well and scrum half Oisin Staunton popped the ball to blindside flanker Sean Wynne, who in his usual style ran over for the first Sligo try. Open side flanker Brian Cox kicked the ball between the uprights for an easy conversion.
The second Sligo try came off a Sligo penalty where Sean Wynne took the ball on but instead of crashing in to the defensive line of Creggs he popped the ball to Christian Nielsen who ran hard off Wynne's shoulder for a clean break and Nielsen scored between the posts.
With 20 mins to go and the score at 14-17, the game was up for grabs, but it was Creggs that were to strike first and deservedly scored their fourth try of the match. The visitors finished with an easy kicked penalty to take the final score to 14-25.
Man of the match: Oisin Staunton.
Sligo RFC: Vincent Reynolds, Noel Muldoon, Jack Hoey, Gary Golden, Fionn Costello, Brian Cox, Sean Wynne, Michael Kilcoyne, Oisin Staunton, Cormac Murray, Oisin Conlon, Christian Nielsen, Philip Carter, Sean McVeigh, Fiachra Doherty.
Subs: Fergus Lang, Tom Kerins, Cathal Byrne, Callum Tonry, Andreas Probst, Jack McDermott, David Conway and Liam O'Shaughnessey